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McIntosh & Seymour Board of Directors Records

An inventory of the company's records at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: ZEC
Date: 23 Sep 2020

Biographical History

McIntosh & Seymour was an American locomotive company, established in 1886 in Auburn, New York. It was responsible for the manufacturing of steam and internal combustion engines in the early 1900s, and diesel engines beginning in 1910. In the 1930s, McIntosh & Seymour merged with the American Locomotive Company (ALCO). [Source: Article by Bill Vossler, August/September 2013]

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The McIntosh & Seymour Board of Directors Records consists of meeting reports.

Meeting reports consist of assembled packets from meetings. These packets were assembled after their respective meetings, as shown by the inclusion of an attendance sheet for the meeting recording who was present. Members of the board and committee changed often, which is reflected on the attendance sheets. Most of the packets include the following: financial reports (including orders and bills), letters of resolution, statement submissions, personalized letters to members requesting attendance, RSVPs for meetings, memos and notices, receipts and vouchers for fees, votes for board members (called certificates of inspectors), letters acknowledging position appointments, letters of resignation, letters accepting resignations, correspondence between board members, and lists of active prospects. A few of the packets include lists of engines, notations on engines, handwritten notes, complaints filed about a contract (3 Sep 1931), and a proposal to repeal the company code and adopt a new one (Dec 1929).

Arrangement of the Collection

Material is arranged chronologically.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advance notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

See also the American Locomotive Company (ALCO) Records and the ALCO Collection.

The Smithsonian Institution possesses the bulk of McIntosh & Seymour's archives. Their collection includes letter books, instruction manuals, price and data sheets, notebooks, design notes, blueprints and drawings, calculations and specifications, sketches, and photographs.

Subject Headings


Seymour, James A., 1864-1943

Corporate Bodies

McIntosh & Seymour Corp.


Locomotive industry -- Management.
Locomotive industry -- New York (State)

Genres and Forms

Attendance lists.
Balance sheets.
Financial records.
Minutes (administrative records)
Reply cards.


Board of Directors.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

McIntosh & Seymour Board of Directors Records,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Original source and acquisition date unknown.

Table of Contents

Meeting reports